Wednesday, November 30, 2011

High School Hoops Season Underway!

Tuesday night marked the first game of the 2011-12 high school basketball season for many teams.

In girls play, Patrick Henry opened their season with a 55-46 Colonial District win over Deep Run, using a 20-9 third quarter run to take the lead for good.

Lee-Davis begins its season tonight at home against Maggie Walker Governors School at 7:30pm. Hanover doesn't play until Monday when they welcome Cosby to Chamberlayne Road. Atlee's season begins Friday night when they travel to face 0-1 Deep Run.

Meanwhile the PH Patriots boys squad fell in their opener to Deep Run in the Colonial District, 62-47. The boys team next plays Atlee Thursday night in Ashland. This will be the season opener for the Raiders.

Hanover opens its 2011-12 season Monday night in Chesterfield at Cosby High School, while Lee-Davis begins its campaign tonight against the Maggie Walker Governors School.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Opening At Douglas Freeman

In nearby news, Bob Brinkley is stepping down after 22 years as the head coach at Douglas Freeman of the Colonial District.

Click on the title link for details, courtesy of

Monday, November 28, 2011

NEW Kickoff Time For Saturday's State Semifinal

Due to SAT testing and to allow for travel, the Hanover/South County Division 5 State Semifinal Game will kickoff at 4pm on Saturday!

WHAN Radio coverage on air and on the internet is now scheduled to begin at 3:30pm!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

WHAN Radio To Broadcast Hanover/South County State Semifinal

WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM, will provide live coverage of the State Division 5 Semifinal between Hanover and South County LIVE from Lorton, Virginia this Saturday beginning at 1pm.

Kickoff is set for 1:30.

Look for previews on this game, including a full look at South County, winners of ten in a row after an 0-3 start in their first season ever in Division 5 play.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hanover Wins Third Regional Title In Five Years

The Hanover Hawks dominated from the start, upending the top-seeded Atlee Raiders in the Central Region Division 5 Regional Championship Friday night, 31-12.

Hanover broke the game open late in the first quarter. After a 23-yard pass from Andrew Knizner to Sam Rogers made it 10-0, the Raiders' Kenner Berry had a pass tipped on third down into the hands of David Cryster, who raced 32 yards for the pick six, making it 17-0.

The Raiders scored on a safety and on the subsequent second quarter drive moved the ball to the Hanover 1. The drive stalled, with Berry fumbling a third down snap, forcing Atlee to settle for a field goal, and the halftime score was 17-5.

Hanover scored in the third to extend the lead on a drive which included a fake punt 39-yard run from Sam Rogers. L.J. Jones, who rushed 30 times for 166 yards, finished the drive from four yards out, and the game was no longer in doubt.

Atlee's lone touchdown came with four minutes left in the game, a 35-yard pass by Berry to Will McCombs.

Atlee finishes their best season in 13 years at 9-3.

Hanover now moves to the State Division 5 Semifinals next Saturday when they travel to Lorton to face South County, winners of ten straight after an 0-3 start. They defeated previously unbeaten Yorktown Friday afternoon 37-13 to win the Northern Region Championship.

The Hanover/South County game will be heard LIVE next Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:30, with pregame at 1pm on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM, 1430 AM, and here on

Listen to Atlee/Hanover Regional Final HERE!

Click the title link to listen to tonight's Division 5 Regional Championship between Atlee and Hanover starting tonight at 7pm!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rucker "Probably" Won't Play In Regional Final

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting Atlee Coach Roscoe Johnson has said quarterback Ruben Rucker "probably" will not play Friday in the Division 5 Regional Final against Hanover.

Rucker has been the starter all season, but injured his wrist late in the first half of the Raiders' double overtime semifinal win over Lee-Davis during a fumble.

Kenner Berry, who in relief of Rucker Friday threw two touchdown passes and ran for the game winning score in the second overtime, will likely start for the Raiders.

Johnson told Friday night on the field after the game that he has confidence in Berry.

"Kenner Berry is a good quarterback", Johnson said.

This means the rematch of these two county schools will feature two different starting quarterbacks. Andrew Knizner has been the signal caller for Hanover ever since Sam Rogers went down with an elbow injury against Henrico. Rogers is back playing, but not in the quarterback role due to the nature of the injury.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Big Second Half For Hanover; Atlee Survives in Double OT

The Atlee Raiders would not quit, coming back from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to force overtime, then scoring twice in extra sessions to outlast Lee-Davis 42-35 in double overtime to advance in the Central Region Division 5 Semifinals tonight.

Kenner Berry, in relief of an injured Ruben Rucker, found Shaquille Williams for two touchdown passes, one to tie the game in the fourth quarter, and the other to force a tie in the first overtime. Rucker injured his wrist late in the first half on a turnover.

The Raiders will welcome Hanover for the Division 5 Finals next Friday night. Hanover scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat Dinwiddie, 41-14.

Listen to Lee-Davis/Atlee game LIVE HERE!

Click HERE or the title link above to listen to tonight's Central Region Division 5 Regional Semifinal between Lee-Davis and Atlee.

Coverage begins at a special time of 7pm, with kickoff at 7:30pm. Richmond Ford-Lincoln powers the pregame show at 7pm, and Rob Witham will take you through the entire evening, also providing updates on other playoff action!

Tonight's Division 5 Playoff Previews

#4 Lee-Davis at #1 Atlee
Kickoff: 7:30pm
(Airtime, 7pm on WHAN, 102.9 FM, 1430 AM and on the internet here at

The Confederates have won their last six over Atlee, including the 30-20 upset victory one week ago in Mechanicsville that gave Lee-Davis their first playoff berth since 1999. How much of tonight's game will be psychological? One distinct advantage now in Atlee's favor is homefield, as the Raider program has built one of the most fan-friendly, rabid homefield advantages in local high school football. Friday nights at Atlee are an experience, not just a game.

On the field? Lee-Davis must once again contain the twin-pronged attack of quarterback Ruben Rucker, his bevy of receivers, especially Will McCombs who caught nine balls for 99 yards last Friday, and running back Jarred Hall, who looks to bounce back tonight after only gaining 65 yards on 20 carries last week. Meanwhile, Confederates quarterback Israel Vaughan must step up once again to show he can consistently perform with the top signal-callers in the Capital District (Rucker, Malcolm Bell, Sam Rogers and Maurice Canady) after having his best performance of 2011 in last week's victory. Tyrell Eaton played brilliantly last week and must produce again. More output from Chris Simpson in the running game (54 yards last week) would help keep Rucker and Company off the field.

BOTTOM LINE: Adjustments. After playing seven nights ago, it's all about adjustments. Homefield will be huge for Atlee, who are 5-0 in their friendly confines, including wins over Hanover and Highland Springs. The Raiders want to play at home again the day after Thanksgiving. Lee-Davis just wants to play again next week either at Hanover or at Dinwiddie.

#3 Dinwiddie at #2 Hanover
Kickoff: 7:30pm

Hello again! For the fourth straight season, the Generals and Hawks meet in Division 5 playoff action. Dinwiddie has won two of the previous three, including last year's 28-21 Regional Title win at Hanover, so winning on the road is nothing new for the Generals. Darius Hawkins and Drakar Harvell (a name Hawk fans will remember from 2010) have consistently ranked as two of the top ten receivers in the Central Region this year, thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Bryan Finney. The Generals played a monster early season schedule, losing to Varina, Highland Springs and Meadowbrook en route to a 2-4 start before winning four straight to clinch their playoff berth. The Generals always bring playmakers and athletes and are playing their best ball of the season right now.

Hanover continues to be a team fighting for everything it gets in 2011. The season changed dramatically when Sam Rogers when down with an elbow injury against Henrico, handing the reins of the offense to Andrew Knizner, who has led the Hawks to a 4-1 record. Rogers returned in a slotback role the past two weeks so the Hawks can take advantage of his athleticism and north/south running ability. L.J. Jones, one of the area's leading rushers in 2011, needs at least 20 carries tonight, and triple-digit rushing numbers would go a long way to help the Hanover cause. Kicker Matt Palmen may play a role, a la the Henrico game, come crunch time.

BOTTOM LINE: Familiarity does not breed contempt here. Hanover is grateful for homefield advantage, but remembers 51 weeks ago when these same Generals ended their dreams of a third trip to the State Semifinals on Hanover turf. These hot 2011 Generals are capable of doing the same. But Coach Josh Just and staff have had two games and three weeks of practices to figure out how best to use Sam Rogers at slotback. Execution of that wrinkle may be the difference in tonight's game.


TICKETS: $8.00, available at the gates at Atlee and Hanover.

NOTE: Kickoff for playoff games is 30 minutes later than regular season games, at 7:30pm, and bundle up! Temperatures will drop into the 30s for the second straight Friday night.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Atlee Girls Volleyball Season Ends......

The Raiders fell Thursday night to Ocean Lakes in a five-set thriller in the semifinals of the Group AAA state tournament. Atlee won the first and third set, but fell 25-16 in the fourth and 15-12 in the fifth and deciding et.

The Raiders finish 24-4 on the 2011 season. Congratulations, ladies!

Looking Ahead.....

The winner of the Division 5 Central Region Championship will travel to the Northwest Region Champion in the 2011 State Semifinals on December 3rd.

Here is the Northwest Division 5 Bracket's seminfinals for Friday night:


No. 6 George Washington (6-4) at No. 1 North Stafford (8-2)
No. 4 Brooke Point (8-3) at No. 2 Broad Run (8-2)

If a Hanover County school wins the Division 5 Regional crown, they could travel anywhere from Stafford to Danville. We'll keep you posted.

Atlee Moves To State Semis in Girls Volleyball!!

A three sets to one win Tuesday night over W.T. Woodson High School draws the Raiders one step closer to a state championship! Click on the title link for details on the match, courtesy of!

Monday, November 14, 2011



#4 Lee-Davis at #1 Atlee
#3 Dinwiddie at #2 Hanover

Games kickoff at 7:30pm.

WHAN Radio will provide LIVE coverage of the Lee-Davis/Atlee game beginning at 7pm Friday night, on 102.9 FM and 1430 AM in Richmond, plus HERE at!


DIVISION 6 REGIONAL SEMIFINALS (also Friday at 7:30pm)

#4 Thomas Dale at #1 Hermitage
#3 Varina at #2 L.C. Bird

Friday, November 11, 2011

Week Ten Finals, Playoffs Coming Into Focus

Lee-Davis 30, Atlee 20
Hanover 42, Glen Allen 8
Hermitage 38, Patrick Henry 14
Highland Springs 12, Varina 7
Deep Run 47, J.R. Tucker 6
Mills Godwin 46, Douglas Freeman 6
L.C. Bird 56, Clover Hill 7
Dinwiddie 57, Petersburg 27

DIVISION 5 PLAYOFF TEAMS: Atlee, Hanover, Lee-Davis, Dinwiddie
DIVISION 6 PLAYOFF TEAMS: Hermitage, Varina, LC Bird, Thomas Dale

Seedings to be determined.

Congratulations also to Goochland, Powhatan, King William and Louisa who all won their first round playoff games Friday night and to Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot for winning their VISAA Division 4 State Semifinal tonight, 49-20 over Fuqua.

BREAKING: Lee-Davis defeats Atlee; 3 County Schools In Playoffs!

Israel Vaughan threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Lee-Davis, in a must-win situation, defeated Atlee 30-20 in Mechanicsville tonight to clinch a Division Five playoff berth. The Confederates led 23-0 at halftime.

Lee-Davis joins Atlee and Hanover in the Division Five playoffs, which begin next Friday. It's the first playoff berth for Lee-Davis since 1999 and the first for Atlee (8-2) since 1998.

Whichever Division 5 Regional Semifinal features two Hanover County schools will air on WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM, and online here next Friday night, November 18th!

Listen to Atlee/Lee-Davis HERE!

If you're out of the Richmond area, click HERE or on the above title link to listen to tonight's Atlee/Lee-Davis game beginning at 6:30pm, courtesy of WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM! Rob Witham will have the call starting with the pregame show, powered by Richmond Ford-Lincoln!

Atlee must win to clinch home field in the Division 5 Playoffs!
Lee-Davis must win to clinch a Division 5 Playoff berth!

Week Ten Central Region Schedule


Hanover (4-2, 7-2) at Glen Allen (1-5, 1-8)
Hermitage (6-0, 9-0) at Patrick Henry (2-4, 2-7)
Armstrong (0-6, 1-8) at Henrico (1-5, 4-5)
Clover Hill (5-2, 7-2) at L.C. Bird (6-1, 8-1)
Colonial Heights (0-6, 2-7) at Thomas Dale (6-0, 6-3)
Cosby (6-1, 8-1) at James River (2-5, 3-6)
J.R. Tucker (1-5, 2-7) at Deep Run (4-2, 4-5)
Dinwiddie (4-2, 5-4) at Petersburg (1-5, 3-6)
Mills Godwin (5-1, 6-3) at Douglas Freeman (3-3, 3-6)
George Wythe (0-7, 1-8) at Huguenot (0-7, 0-9)
Varina (6-0, 8-1) at Highland Springs (4-2, 6-3)
Prince George (2-4, 3-6) at Hopewell (2-4, 3-6)
Manchester (6-1, 6-3) at Midlothian (4-3, 5-4)
Meadowbrook (5-1, 8-1) at Matoaca (4-2, 5-4)

Thomas Jefferson (0-6, 0-9) at John Marshall (3-3, 6-3)


DIVISION FOUR: Fuqua (5-4) at Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot (7-2), 7pm
DIVISION ONE: St. Christopher's (8-2) at Bishop Ireton (8-2), 1pm Saturday

Atlee Girls Volleyball Takes Central Region Crown

The Atlee girls volleyball team defeated James River in straight sets Thursday night to win the 2011 Central Region Championship. Atlee only lost one game in the tournament, defeating three Chesterfield County schools (Matoaca, Clover Hill and James River) on the way to the crown!

James River got to the finals by defeating Hanover in a semifinal match in straight sets back on Tuesday night.

In boys play, both Hanover and Atlee won their quarterfinal matches in the Central Region Tourney, with the Hawks upending Thomas Dale and Atlee beating Matoaca. On Wednesday, however, both fell in the semifinal round, as Atlee fell to Douglas Freeman in five sets and Hanover lost to James River in four.

Congratulations to all Hanover County teams for their showings in the 2011 Tournament!

Monday, November 07, 2011

VHSL Division 5 and 6 Standings After Week Nine

Division 5:

1) Atlee 29.778
2) Hanover 28.444
3) Dinwiddie 25.556
4) John Marshall 24.556
5) Lee-Davis 24.444
6) Midlothian 23.375

Division 6:

1) Varina 31.889
2) Hermitage 31.778
3) Meadowbrook 30.889
4) L.C. Bird 30.444
5) Cosby 30.222
6) Thomas Dale 28.667
7) Manchester 27.444
8) Clover Hill 27.333
9) Highland Spr 26.778

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Atlee's Hall Wins Regional Title

Hall's lean edges Calkins for region boys cross country title. Click the title link for all the details, courtesy of

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Click HERE to listen to Collegiate/St. Christopher's at 5:30!

Click the title link above for live coverage of the 50th regular season meeting between Collegiate and St. Christopher's beginning at 5:30pm!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Week 9 County Finals

Atlee 23, Highland Springs 15 (Atlee now the number one seed in Division 5 with one week to play)

Lee-Davis 69, Armstrong 6

Mills Godwin 43, Patrick Henry 0

Varina 42, Hanover 3

Listen to Varina/Hanover--The Game of the Week!!

Coverage begins at 6:30pm with the pregame show powered by Richmond Ford-Lincoln with Rob Witham on WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

Out of the Richmond area and want to listen? CLICK HERE to hear the game on the Internet!

Hanover Falls In Field Hockey Region Final; State Tourney Still Ahead

The Maggie Walker Governors School upended Hanover 3-1 last night to win their second straight Central Region Field Hockey title.

Julieanne Moore scored the lone goal for the Hawks, who do advance to the State Group AAA Playoffs, traveling to South County on Tuesday night for a first-round match.

Week Nine Central Region Schedule

Varina (5-0, 7-1) at Hanover (4-1, 7-1)--THE HANOVER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK--6:30PM on WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

Armstrong (0-5, 1-7) at Lee-Davis (2-2, 4-4)
Highland Springs (4-1, 6-2) at Atlee (4-1, 7-1)
Patrick Henry (2-3, 2-6) at Mills Godwin (4-1, 5-3)
Clover Hill (4-2, 6-2) at Huguenot (0-6, 0-8)
Meadowbrook (4-1, 7-1) at Colonial Heights (0-5, 2-6)
George Wythe (0-6, 1-7) at Cosby (5-1, 7-1)
Douglas Freeman (3-2, 3-5) at Deep Run (3-2, 3-5)
Hopewell (2-3, 3-5) at Dinwiddie (3-2, 4-4)
Glen Allen (1-4. 1-7) at Henrico (0-5, 3-5)
Hermitage (5-0, 8-0) at Thomas Jefferson (0-5, 0-8)—4PM
Manchester (5-1, 5-3) at James River (1-5, 3-5)
L.C. Bird (7-1) at Thomas Dale (6-2)
Matoaca (3-2, 4-4) at Prince George (2-3, 3-5)
Monacan (3-4, 4-5) at Midlothian (3-3, 4-4)
Amelia (9-0) at Goochland (9-0)
Powhatan at Charlottesville
King William (9-0) at King & Queen
Southampton Academy at Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot (7-2, D4)
Trinity Episcopal (1-8, D2) at Covenant (2-7, D3)

J.R. Tucker (1-4, 2-6) at John Marshall (2-3, 5-3)
Collegiate (2-5) vs. St. Christopher's (7-2) at Robins Stadium--5:30PM on WHAN, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Hanover Upsets Atlee To Win Boys Volleyball Crown

(Courtesy of

Hunter Locks had 48 assists, five digs and four aces to lead No. 2 Hanover to the Capital District crown over No. 1 Atlee, 3-1.

Drew Hazelgrove had 15 kills and six digs, and William Atwood had 13 kills, three aces and two blocks for the Hawks.

Billy Dishman had 33 assists, 10 digs, three kills and two blocks for the Raiders.

Hanover 28 28 22 25
Atlee 26 26 25 22

Highlights: Davis Ellenberger (A) 11 kills, 5 girls, 2 blocks; Matt Rohr (A) 18 kills, 6 digs; Tyler Peck (H) 10 kills, 8 digs, 7 kills

Records: Hanover 16-4; Atlee 20-3

Atlee Wins Girls Volleyball District Title

(Courtesy of

Hailey Brooks had 12 assists, 11 kills, nine aces, six digs and two blocks as Atlee defeated Hanover 3-0 to win the Capital District championship.

Katy Stiles had six kills, two digs and two aces for the Raiders.

Logan Majewski had four digs and two kills for the Hawks.

Atlee 25 25 25
Hanover 11 10 14

Records: Atlee 25-3; Hanover 14-10

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Capital District Volleyball Tournament Results


(1) Atlee 3, (4) Glen Allen 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-16)
(2) Hanover 3, (3) Highland Springs 1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-12)

Matt Rohr (A): 17 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs.
Drew Hazelgrove (H): 8 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces.



(3) Hanover 3, (2) Lee-Davis 2 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11)
(1) Atlee 3, (4) Glen Allen 0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-13)

Karlie Suber (A): 14 assists, 6 digs, 5 kills, 3 aces
Logan Majewski (H): 22 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces, 3 blocks
Becca Lass (L-D): 14 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Capital District Boys and Girls Volleyball Tourneys start today!

The Boys semifinals will take place at Varina High School as top-seeded Atlee will square off against #4 Glen Allen at 6pm, followed by #2 Hanover facing #3 Highland Springs.

Winner meets in the championship game Wednesday night at Glen Allen High School on Staples Mill Road at 6pm.

The Girls semifinals begin today at 6pm at Glen Allen High with #1 Atlee facing #4 Glen Allen, followed by #2 Lee-Davis against #3 Hanover around 7:30pm.

Patriots win five-set thriller in District Volleyball opener....

14 kills and 11 blocks by Lucas Pienkowski and a 29 kill performance from Scott Brigham helped Patrick Henry survive Hermitage in a five-set thriller in the first round of the 2011 Colonial District Boys Volleyball Tournament. The final scores were 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 26-24, 15-12.

The Patriots now move on to Wednesday's tournament semifinals against top-seeded Deep Run.

UPDATE--Patrick Henry fell to Deep Run in the tournament semis.

Central Region Field Hockey Tourney Action!

Congratulations to Hanover who won their quarterfinal game in the 2011 Central Region Field Hockey Tournament, 2-0 over Matoaca. The Hawks, now 17-2, will next face Cosby Wednesday night in the Region Semifinals.

The Atlee Raiders lost their quarterfinal match to Thomas Dale 4-0, finishing their 2011 season with a record of 12-5.